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Getting Back On Track Secrets

Slip-ups are inevitable. What is the best way to get on track when things do not go according to plan?

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Plan, Plan, Plan

When you stray from your goals the easiest way to get back on track is by planning.
Plan to Succeed!
Plan your food for the day
Plan time to exercise.. Even if you only have 10 minutes
Plan to surround yourself with supportive people
Giving yourself positive feedback should be part of your plan
This is a journey and you will have success if you follow your plan. Cheers!

- Submitted by IWORKING 8/7/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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You can't change the past. You can change the future.

When I fall off the wagon diet-wise, I don't drop out of the race. I believe that no matter how often I creep back into old habits I will never reach a stage where I say "I failed again - I might as well give up forever!" I always believe there is hope that this is going to be the time when I change my habits for life. My attitude to abandoned diets from the past is that losing some weight for a while is better than never having lost any and potentially being way bigger than I am now. emoticon

- Submitted by SLIMMERKIWILADY 7/24/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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Make A Schedule

I got kind of lost in all of the information out there about losing weight so I made a calendar on my phone that alerts me when it's time to eat, cook, workout etc. These times corrospond with appointments and my work schedule so I'm able to "make an appointment" to work out and only eat when my calendar tells me it's time to!

- Submitted by DSCH1207 7/22/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Quit thinking!!

Just STOP the thought train that creates "reasons" (excuses) and debates whether or not you should exercise or eat right. When I hear myself debating and rationalizing, I call myself out on it. "Heyyyyyy.........wait a minute........" Once I realize where that train is headed, I jump right off and get back on the right track. Listen to yourself and quit thinking! ;-)

- Submitted by ODAT1117 7/10/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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workout excuse

Dont blame your workout partner for you not working out. You can workout by yourself

- Submitted by PATTYHYK 7/7/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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When facing temptation...

I remind myself "What I REALLY want matters more than what I want right NOW."

Remembering that I have made weight loss and a healthy lifestyle the priority helps me put temptations and cravings in perspective--it takes away their power, and empowers me to make mindful choices.

- Submitted by AGILECAT 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 4 Comments

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Remembering Successes

Having one of those days? Stop and think back to a recent success. How did you feel? What was your level of motivation? Capture that mindset and keep pushing forward! emoticon

- Submitted by AMLANE04 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 0 Comments

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The Force of Habit Can be used to your advantage

Had a bad day? Bad weekend or blown your calorie limit for the whole week?

Feel like Giving up?

Remember this:

If these pitfalls didn't happen - you wouldn't learn from them. Every single time you slip up - pledge to yourself to get back to better eating from the next meal or next day - and forget the damage.


The more times you get back on track, the better you will feel and the easier it will become to stay and get back on track from any little hurdles you may face.

- Submitted by RUBYREDIVY1 6/6/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 1 Comment

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Self-talk

I have found that being gentle with myself when I've not been able to stick to my plan has been the most effective way to bring me back on track. I make sure I say kinder things to myself when I slip up. Harsher self-talk makes the slip-up last longer.

- Submitted by KATRINA023 5/26/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 3 Comments

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Every Sunday can be a new beginning

I use Sundays as ways to tweak my progress. I re-set goals in the teams I am a member of; get out of teams I feel are not working for me anymore; join teams I feel are more directly connected to my needs at that time; and so on.

- Submitted by AWESOMECHELZ 5/15/2013 in Getting Back On Track | 9 Comments
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